Academic Year 2016-2017

Dr. Sian Block - CANCELED

Overcoming anxiety about math.

This talk will be RESCHEDULED to Spring 2018

Basic math skills are important for success in school and everyday life. Yet many people experience apprehension and fear when dealing with numerical information, termed math anxiety. In this talk I will discuss both antecedents and consequences of math anxiety, revealing some surprising insights into its onset, risk factors, and remediation.

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Dr. Sian Beilock, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice Provost and the Stella M. Rowley Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Committee on Education at The University of Chicago, the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, and the director of the Human Performance Laboratory. Dr. Beilock is one of the world’s leading experts on the neuroscience behind “choking under pressure” and the many brain and body factors influencing all types of performance. Her research explores the cognitive and neural substrates driving learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations. In addition to answering basic questions about cognition, she aims to inform educational practice and policy. Dr. Beilock’s research is routinely covered in the media (e.g., CNN, New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal), she was highlighted as one of four “Rising Stars” across all academic disciplines by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2005, and she received a prestigious award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011. 


Ph.D., Michigan State University                                                                                                                                                   B.S. in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego        


Where: Merrill Learning Center (Library) B111
When: April 19, 2017
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.